Would we have seen Windows 7 at the Professional Developers Conference this year if Vista was a resounding success? Maybe not. 21 months after Windows Vista's release, Microsoft has finally pulled the curtains on its most exciting operating system for nearly a decade.
Windows 7 appears to be a smoother, more mature and better prepared product than Vista ever was. The list of small but significant improvements is quite interesting and the fact that Microsoft is confident enough to allow anyone to download the beta version of Windows 7 by next year is a clear sign of the software giant's intention not to make the same mistakes as with Vista.
After all though, Windows 7 will keep Vista's underlying fundamental architecture, its so-called OS Kernel which means more stability and better user experience which should push Windows XP users towards Windows 7, although Microsoft has only recently started a marketing blitz aimed at improving Vista sales.
Attendees at PDC got their mitts on the alpha version of Windows 7 which should be stable enough for all but the most intensive tasks and Microsoft has been surprisingly open about the successor to Vista in the last few days.
Windows 7 should be released by January 2010, three years after Vista and Steven Sinofsky, MIcrosoft Windows and Windows Live SVP said that Windows 7 would be more compatible with third party software and hardware solutions already on the market.
As the focus turns to Windows 7, Windows Vista looks more and more as a footnote in Microsoft history, albeit an expensive, USD 6 billion one.
(ITProportal.com will bring you the complete low-down on Windows 7 tomorrow)